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The Mortal Engines Quartet by Philip Reeve is one of my favorite series of all time.  I own all four titles: Mortal Engines, Predator's Gold, Infernal Devices, and A Darkling Plain.  When I first read them, I wondered if they would ever be turned into a movie.  I figured it would be impossible to do it justice, especially the roving cities.  But movie magic has become even more magical, and the time has finally arrived.  Mortal Engines hits the big screen this weekend.  And Peter Jackson helped put it there, so I'm more than a little excited.  Here's hoping it lives up to the hype in my head.

Our second Practical Parenting program is next week!  Find out why teens get involved in high-risk behaviors, then learn a parenting approach that may better prepare teens to avoid and get out of dangerous situations at Exit Strategies on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.  Our speaker is Dale Wisely Ph.D., Director of Family Life at Prince of Peace Catholic Church & School in Hoover. Prior to joining Prince of Peace, he was Director of Student Services at Mountain Brook City Schools for 12 years, where he continues to serve as a consultant. He has been a child and adolescent clinical psychologist for 36 years.  Tragically, the overwhelming majority of teenage deaths occur as a result of high-risk behavior. But the consequences of risky behavior can also lead to disability, unnecessary suffering, legal problems, and other serious troubles. You may not be there to stop your child, especially in the face of peer pressure, but you can give them an escape plan for high risk situations. This event will take place in the Youth Program Room at the end of the starred hall in the Kid Zone.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (February 28, 2017)
8 starred reviews ∙ William C. Morris Award Winner ∙ National Book Award Longlist ∙ Printz Honor Book ∙ Coretta Scott King Honor Book
"Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.  Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.  But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life."

Now, just a year-and-a-half later, the most-talked about book of 2017 becomes what will surely be a much-discussed movie.  The Hate U Give opens nationwide October 19, 2018.  Starring Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Lamar Johnson, Issa Rae, and Sabrina Carpenter, with Common and Anthony Mackie.  I will definitely be catching it this month.  See you at the movies.

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